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Feds launch new effort to stop feral hog problem

In Southeast Farm Press

The USDA launched earlier this month a national effort to reduce the devastating damage caused by feral swine.  The $20 million program aims to help states deal with a rapidly expanding population of invasive wild swine that causes $1.5 billion in annual damage and control costs.


Finger Lakes Times: IPM Practices Lead to the Healthiest Food

The following article was written by a guest writer for Finger Lakes Times in response to another column about organic production. You can read the original article here… 743 more words


The Case for Smallholder Farmers

In my “restructuring period”, I have the luxury of having time to read books. I just finished The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow, a fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. 567 more words

International Development

Farmer in the sky: Modeling the Martian soil for agriculture

Vegetables on Mars within ten years?

The soil on Mars may be suitable for cultivating food crops – this is the prognosis of a study by plant ecologist Wieger Wamelink of Wageningen UR.

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China just revealed a major state secret: nearly 20% of its farmland is polluted

Almost one-fifth of China’s farmland is polluted, according to a government report released this week. Officials have acknowledged the country’s problems with water and air pollution, but the extent of soil contamination has been a closely guarded “state secret,” for fear of incriminating certain provinces or companies. 311 more words

Jamaica: Introducing “The Family Garden”

The model of Jamaica’s first solar-powered hydroponic farm is to be replicated in urban areas across Jamaica to create more job opportunities and enrich communities. “The Family Garden” founder Rebecca Harper is elated at the achievements to date. 358 more words


As Canada dawdles, Denmark shows the world how to stop mass medicating animals

COPENHAGAN, Denmark  — Michael Nielsen unlocks the door to his pig factory. He doffs his jacket, pants and muddy boots and zips on white coveralls. Then he steps into the maze-like complex housing several thousand pigs. 1,865 more words